Chicago Architecture Foundation Events and Tours Print
Wednesday, 03 November 2010 06:12

As we regularly do, we are posting the activities of the Chicago Architecture Foundation for the next quarter. If you are in Chicago and would like to discover (or re-discover) the little gems this city has to offer, you can check these activities.


New this season:


Architecture River Cruise, Tickets available through November 21st For the Chicago Architecture Foundations Architecture River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady -- one of Chicago’s premier cultural activities.
Holiday Shopping Starts at the Chicago Architecture Foundation Shop
Toys, gifts for family, friends and business – are less than $50, $20 and $10 and make excellent stocking stuffers.
Skyscraper Express, Fridays and Saturdays at 1:30pm
The city's most significant buildings from unique vantage points, that are surprising and enlightening for even seasoned Chicagoans. A great alternative for the river cruise off season.

Neighborhoods Go Green! Exhibition Nov 19 – Feb 15
Free exhibition explores the design and certification of green communities.
“Time machine” through skyscraper history Weds; Fri,10:30am; Sat,3:30pm
The 60-minute “Skyscraper Walk through Time” tour showcases a classic high-rise from each major era of skyscraper construction, from the early 1870s to the 21st century super-tall buildings.
Family Programs continue the 3rd Sunday of the month.
CAFamily Studio Sundays Nov 21 and Jan 16.
Chicago Model City a great place to start and end a tour
Trace your steps on many architecture tours. The exhibition includes a large, highly detailed scale model of Chicago. The scale of the model is 1 inch to 50 feet, making the Willis Tower nearly three feet tall!


Exhibitions:

ALL FREE AND OPEN DAILY TO THE PUBLIC
224 S. Michigan Avenue
312 922 3432
Chicago Model City
Drawing tourists and locals alike, the Chicago Model City exhibition is free and includes a large, highly detailed scale model of Chicago. Includes audio tour as well as “Ask Me” docents to answer visitor questions. Visitors can rent listening devices from the shop or download the tour free from iTunes and from http://www.architecture.org/iTunes/AudioTourRSS.xml
Chicago Model City Gallery Talks
Mon, Fri and Sat at 12:30pm
Twenty-minute gallery talks introduce visitors to the ideas and themes behind the popular exhibition, Chicago Model City. Free.

Neighborhoods Go Green!
Free exhibition addresses applying green design to communities. By thinking on a larger scale, the places where people live and work can be reorganized….and dramatically reduce the impact of people on neighborhoods—and on planet Earth.

Tours:

CAF offers a variety of 85+ river, walking and bus tours. Find a full schedule and ticket prices at www.architecture.org.

River Cruise:

Chicago Architecture Foundation architecture river cruise season ends Nov 21.
An in-depth look at a wide range of architecture – all from the vantage point of the river -- with commentary by Chicago Architecture Foundation’s legendary docents. Cruises depart daily, throughout the day. See www.architecture.org for other dates/times.

Bus Tours:

Highlights by Bus
Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through November. Fridays and Saturdays in December and January. Explores architectural landmarks such as the Mies van der Rohe’s IIT campus, the Rookery in downtown Chicago, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House. The tour covers more than 30 miles of the city including: President Barack Obama’s neighborhood, the Loop, Hyde Park, the Gold Coast, and historic neighborhoods and campuses. 9:30am.

Devil in the White City Bus Tour
Nov 4, 11,14, 21 Dec 5, 19, 30.at 10am.
Anyone who loved Erik Larson’s bestselling novel will love this tour. It chronicles the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition and the emergence of America’s first mass murderer.

Skyscraper Express
Fridays and Saturdays at 1:30pm
The city's most significant buildings from unique vantage points, some of which will be surprising and enlightening for even seasoned Chicagoans. Chicago Architecture Foundation's expert docents have crafted an insightful exploration of the downtown neighborhoods with great photo opportunities.

Walking Tours:

45-min Lunchtime Building Tours
Great indoor tours for inclement weather. Weekdays at 12:15pm. Tours include: the Willis Tower and 311 S. Wacker Drive, the Monadnock Building, the Rookery, the Fine Arts Building, The Reliance Building (Hotel Burnham), and a tour of the Chicago Board of Trade, City Hall/County Building, the Daley Center, and the Thompson Center. Check www.architecture.org for meeting place for each tour. CAF members FREE; $5 non-members

Skyscraper Walk through Time –1- hour tour
Weds and Fri. 10:30am; Sat 3:30pm

Historic Downtown (South Loop): Rise of the Skyscraper
Daily at 10am

Historic Downtown (North Loop): Treasures
Daily at 2pm

Downtown Deco
Thursdays and Saturdays at 11am
Explore some of Chicago’s famous art deco interiors and exterior spaces.

Modern Skyscrapers
Daily at 1pm; (Fridays at 5:30 through Sept.)

Tiffany Treasures in Chicago
Wednesdays at 3pm
Tiffany Glass examples in four late-19th century buildings: the Art Institute of Chicago, the Marquette Building, the Chicago Cultural Center, and Macy’s on State Street.

Modern Wing Tours – Art Institute of Chicago
Nov 13, 17 Dec 11, 15; Jan 8, 19 at 12pm.
Docents examine the context for the Renzo Piano-designed Art Institute addition and its incorporation into the campus’s overall design.

Architecture tours dressed up for the holidays
The Palmer House (Nov 6; Dec 4) Macys (Nov 15, Dec 20, Jan 17) and the
Magnificent Mile )Nov 6, 9; Dec 7, 18) tours have the addition of a good look at their seasonal splendor.


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LECTURES, EVENTS, and PUBLIC PROGRAMS:
Free and located at the Chicago Architecture Foundation unless otherwise noted on the website. For more details on events and programs, see below or visit www.architecture.org

November 3
12:15pm / LECTURE
Thomas Jefferson, Architect of Private and Public America

November 6
10am / WORKSHOP
Home Staging: Staging to Sell or Staging to Live

November 9
5:30pm / LECTURE
Everything I Needed to Know in Life I Learned as a Structural Engineer: Three Guiding Principles

November 10
12:15pm / LECTURE
Site Design Group: Recent Work

November 16
6pm / LECTURE
Spotlight on Shrinking Cities

November 17
12:15pm / LECTURE
The Architecture of Harry Weese

November 18
6pm / APPETITE FOR DESIGN
Terzo Piano

November 20
10am-2:30pm
Teen Programs - Studio Saturdays – Constructing

November 21
11 am to 3:00pm
CAFamily Studio Sundays -- ABCD’s of Architecture

December 1
12:15pm / LECTURE
Why Chicago Isn’t and Is Important

December 4
10am / WORKSHOP
Wallcoverings: Then and Now

December 7
6pm / APPETITE FOR DESIGN
Nightwood

December 8
12:15pm / LECTURE
The Making of a Patron: A Conversation with 2010 Patron of the Year Award Winners

December 15
12:15pm / LECTURE
Marina City: Betrand Goldberg’s Urban Vision

December 28
10am-2:30pm
Teen Programs - Studio Saturdays – Digitizing

January 5
12:15pm / LECTURE
Wisconsin’s Own: The Chicago Connection

January 12
12:15pm / LECTURE
Music and Architecture: Design, Aesthetic and Form

January 15
10am-2:30pm
Teen Programs - Studio Saturdays – Constructing

January 16
11 am to 3:00pm
CAFamily Studio Sundays -- ABCD’s of Architecture

January 19
12:15pm / LECTURE
Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive: Urban America’s Most Beautiful Roadway

January 22
10am / WORKSHOP
Green Furniture – Redesign It!

January 26
12:15pm / LECTURE
The Promise of LEED Neighborhood Development

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